This feast commemorates the time that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, living in tabernacles (tents). It reminds us that our earthly dwelling is temporary, and that we too are wandering in search of the Promised Land.
And it involves building a Sukkah (soo-kah) or tabernacle. We've built a Sukkah every single year. Here's the first one we built after moving out of our apartment:
Nathan was just a little guy.
I can still remember hauling this one down just a few days before Carsten was born.
And then there was the year where I couldn't help because Steffen was just two days old. Watch your head, Nathan!
After that year, it became obvious that this whole drill/2x4/ladder bit was really not our family's thing. I am not handy. Bryan was not handy. I still hope that there might be some recessive handyman genes in one of the boys, but until those genes manifest themselves, there is The Sukkah Project. Klutz-free sukkah kits for people just like us! Really, this is one of the best ideas ever. This is the third year we've used our kit and we couldn't be happier. Nathan and I, with a little help from the others, are able to put this up on our own. (In a pinch, one person could do it alone.) It came in handy this year, of course, but last year, I had just had Austin, so Bryan and the kids put it up without me.
It goes up in just a few hours, and then everyone can relax and enjoy the holiday. Just look at how relaxed Austin is at his first Sukkot celebration.
Check out The Sukkah Project! Perhaps your family can start to build some memories too.